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vman11

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vman11

What's the status out there? We've seen many posts on the river thaw process, but haven't heard much on the bite. Any personal reports?

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DREZLER

I was up fishing Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday the walleye fishing was slower. We landed only 10 walleyes- talked to some guys who were getting more like 20 a day.

Sunday was 40mph wind we ancored up for sturgeys and ended up landing 10 in the deep holes. 1 50" and some 40"s and a handful of smaller ones.

Water temps were 36-38

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RoyalDutchman

Fishing Report

March 31st, 2015:

I talked to some groups earlier this morning when it was cloudy and a little chilly on the River and they said they weren’t catching fish and they didn’t see many people around them getting fish. Sounds like this afternoon was a little bit better but still not getting many for the day. A few slot fish we did hear about. Grant’s dad caught a 27 and 3/4 inch walleye and a guy fishing with him finally caught his first sturgeon so he was very excited! Hope that the fish bite tomorrow with the warmer weather and hopefully it will be sunny all day.

March 30th, 2015:

Some groups did good today and sounds like everyone had a lot of fun on the River. We have a young boy here who was so excited to get out there fishing and was hoping to catch a sturgeon and it sounds like he got a nice one at 58 inches and even a slot walleye too! I love seeing young kids so excited to go fishing! Heard of a few other slot fish but sounded like it was about a 15-20 fish day for most groups.

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vman11

We fished yesterday, landed at Vidas. I felt it was pretty busy for a Tuesday. Trucks and trailers parked all the way to Hwy 11.

Our boat was on the water by 8 and fished until 6. Boated 11 walleye and 2 small pike. We had 3 slot fish, all at 24". Vertical jigged, drift jigged and pulled cranks.

Based on what we saw from other boats along the river catch rates were similar. Fished from the Rapid River down East of the church. No spots were better than any other. Surface temp hit 40 once the sun came out late afternoon.

There were a few fishermen targeting sturgeon and noticed fish being caught. Also saw walleye fisherman battling them.

Reports at the ramp were similar, got a few reports from fisherman on the river days prior and the bite seemed about the same, results at Frontier sounded about the same as Vidas.

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srj

Fished out of Frontier yesterday afternoon...got on the water about the time the sun started peeking out. Two reports at the ramp were real bad. One boat caught three, the other five. With the low, slow river, my favorite spots were void. One spot downriver a ways that is normally deep and swift had a pretty good bunch of fish. One 25" was the only "good" one. At least half the fish were what I consider river fish....very gray and most with warts. The others had good color. There were several 12" and under fish too. Usually don't see many of them. No other boats in that area. Only saw one fish netted in the other areas tried. 18' had the most fish although the two biggest were caught shallower pulling plugs. It was an odd day on the river saved by one good spot. Starting to wonder of the lack of fish on the south shore during the winter is affecting the river bite. Over the years, pushing over shore ice was often the best of the year. Now it seems lots of guys talk about it being better later. Just a thought. Sure was nice to be in the boat.

Good luck.

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JacobG

Just got home last night. Fished tuesday and Wednesday for sturgeon. Fishing was ok tuesday as we landed 10 sturgeon and a few eyes. I talked to lots of boats and the reports were pretty much the same as posted earlier,slow. The best report I got was 6 fish. Didn't see very many caught either and there were a lot of boats out and I fished quite a few spots. I did see several walleye anglers hooked up with sturgeon as well as quite a few sturgeon fisherman hooking up. So I think the sturgeon fishing was better than the walleye fishing. Although I'm sure that some walleye boats did rather well. I either didn't talk to those boats or I didn't get an honest report. But the walleye guys are usually alright sharing their report with the sturgeon boats. Good luck to anyone heading up. The weather doesn't look that great but might be what the fish need? Never know.

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Rex

Ditto the reports above. We went out of Vidas Wednesday and boated a dozen eyes and lost a couple sturgeon. Put in around 7am and only got 1 eye as we work down stream until around 10am when we hit a couple pods of fish biggest two were 23". Went down to where we could see the bridge a little after noon and caught a couple more. There were a few boats down there catching one here and there. That was the first we saw any other boats land fish. Got our last one at 2:30. Went east of Vidas after 3:30 trying several spots and saw about 8 fish caught and several sturgeon, but our boat dried up. The weather was fantastic by then, so it was a bonus for sure. Talked to a couple COs and they had similar or worse reports from the boats they were checking. Talked to a couple other groups and they did the opposite as far as time of day was concerned. Nothing in the morning near Vidas, but got a meal east of Frontier in the afternoon.

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Wally Lindner

Just got back today and two of us fished for 3.5 days. Caught 8 on the half day then caught 21,28,28 fish. Put in at Birchdale and the ramp had about 20 boats a day, the other two were packed. We used about every tactic possible: casting, vertical jigging, trolling jigs, trolling cranks, pitching plastics shallow, 3 ways, ripping raps, bouncers/spinners, and yes even drifting with slip bobbers. Cranks ruled in 10 to 13 foot of water trolled at 1.5 mph. Only caught 11 keepers and only fished in Canada (we only kept our four below 18). Biggest 27.75, 27, 26.5, and seven 24 and thirteen 23 and the rest literally averaged 20 inches. Our last days catch was filled with big fish and 1/3 were white lake fish. Water clarity is around two foot and this week will be phenomenal. We missed a lot of bites, Good Luck!

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vman11

Received reports the last 2 days from a reliable no bull friend of a friend who is a long time Rainy River veteran. Pretty safe to say expectations should be around 25 fish per boat for a full day of fishing. Some probabaly do better others worse. More bigger fish today vs. yesterday.

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White-tips

Fished Sunday and Monday with about the same results listed above. Fished from 1-7 Sunday in the hurricane force winds. I never got a bite. 1 eye for our boat. Fished west of Vidas on spots we know. Sunday night got late and we got on the water at the crack of 9:30am, east of Vidas. Fish were going fairly decent as soon as we got there. I think we boated 17 total between 9:45 and 2:00, with 10 being 21-26", most were 24" like everyone else. An amazing number of fish from that year class in LOTW right now. Rainbows caught all our fish. Glow red jigs with double buckshot rattles dominated the catching and bites. Best spot for us was 20-22ft. Any less...hardly a bite.

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Fish Tales

Fished last Friday Saturday and 3 hrs Sunday morning. Caught 135 for 3 guys jigging minnows and some plastics water temp was 36.4 and clarity was 20 to 24 inches. Now today April 3rd up again for today and tomorrow. 3 guys again and only caught 13 water temp was 39.2 and clarity is 10 to 12 inches. Is it clarity or the cold front idk water temp should have dictated more action than what we had. Talked to others on the river not much action. Hopefully it is the cold front want to come up again next weekend and weather looks more favorable. O yah fished between frontier and vidas last weekend and today. Went and checked landing out in the gap still had ice.

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fiskyknut

Well I was gonna wait but the weather on Wednesday was just too nice for yardwork so I figured what the maynard and peeled outta Roseau about 230pm. Quick stop a McD's and Outdoors again and We're at Vidas about 4pm with lots of folks peeling out and the reports all pretty much on the slow side.

Got a Buddy who was a Sturgeon Virgin so I figured why not just head east to a reliable hole and throw the hook. We got anchored down backward in 22fow and I had him set-up with a Sturgeon rod and drowning a 'meatball' round about 430. I dropped a blue 3/8th's with a big dead Shiner kicked back and enjoyed the weather. Got bit in about 10-15 mins and pulled up a nice 19 incher. Long story short the Walleyes were slow.. I had 7 bites the whole evening landing 2 19's, 2 round 15, 1 at 22, and a green and slimey 30 inches or so. 6 fish for 7 bites a good hook-up ratio for my first openwater jigging trip anyhows !!

I never moved from this spot as the main mission was to get my friend his first Sturgeonfish and this is a reliable spot. A crew of 4 anchored down a bit upstream were getting a few eyes and I saw a couple of littls Sturgies come into their boat. 4-5 other boats drifting thru and around this hole were pulling eyes now and then as well as some smallish Sturgeon on their jig sticks. I spoke with a cool group of 4 drifting nearby about 6pm and they'd gotten a few eyes as well as a couple Sturgeon so patience was the name of the game and they offered words of encouragement to my bud in the front of the boat drowning the meatball. Low and behold about 10 mins later he says Norm is that a bite ?.. I look over to see a little tap tap on the rod tip then his line goes slack and I say reel fast, Yeehaw he's finally hooked up. I holler out 'blind squirrel finds nut' and the nearby boats give out a cheer as they knew my bud had been oh so patiently waiting for his shot. so 15 mins or so later we get a 54 incher in the boat. No monster but a good enuff one for his cherry popper.

So all in all a great day fishing, catching, and weatherwise and all missions accomplished. Shakedown cruise, river boat good to go, de-rusted my jigging arm and my friend pulled his first Sturgeonfish. Life is good.

Gonna get a bit more serious this coming mid-week with them Walters. Heck the weather forecast for next weekend is looking so darn nice I may even have to go play bumper boats with the all the weekend Terrorists !!

Have fun all.. Man them fishes are gonna go nutzoid anyday now.

Regards... fiskyknut

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SPUD BAR

Myself and 2 buddys drove up last Sunday night. Fished all day Mon-Wed and 1/2 day thurs. Very slow Monday and COLD!! only boated 25 fish with 6 between 4 and 6 lbs. Picked up Tues with 50 fish but nothing huge. 1 fish about 6 lbs. Wed was really good. boated 75, including 3 sturgeon and 1 little musky. Three fish over 7 lbs and or biggest of the trip, 10.27lbs 29.75 inches. Thurs was good till the gales started blowing. over all not a bad trip. Have had much worse.

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RoyalDutchman

April 6th, 2015:

The Wheeler's Point Access is open to all boats as of this afternoon. Sounds like the water is open past Wigwam Resort and we have heard reports of the fishing being better towards the west than heading east.

I talked to one group that came in after fishing for a few hours this afternoon and they headed just east of us and caught a 24 inch, 22 inch, and a 19 inch.

Another group fished just west of the International Bridge and figured they caught about 35 fish today with about 20 of them before 11:00am. Their biggest walleye so far is just under 27 inches hoping tomorrow they can get above that number.

A group of 2 guys caught just a few fish today but they didn't fish very long as they drove during the night and figured they would get a good night's sleep and then fish hard tomorrow. They stayed closer to town for the day and just checked out a few spots.

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Sportland_Bait

Pretty good fishing wed-Friday this week. 39 degree water temps. Averaged 45 fish per day, could have had more on Thursday but fished sturgeon in the afternoon. Fished quite a few areas all the way from Vidas out to Wheelers point. Sturgeon were everywhere, must be a banner year. Had a number of walleyes over 20 inches, our biggest was 28 1/2 inches. Gold jigs were best up at Wheelers but the rest of the river preferred white or pink for us.

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CrappieAttack

Sportland_Bait - where did you go out of?

Sounds like a lot of the fish are still closer to the lake.

I'm heading up for the final few days here.

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Fish Tales

Fished Friday in town out to gap

and then frontier back towards vidas. Fishing was tough caught 23. Started out Saturday at vidas stayed with in 1/2 mile up stream of landing. Caught 67 way better day 11 over 5 lbs biggest 28.25 many more 20 to 24 inches jigging and casting. Colors didn't matter. Sunday fished 6 to 11 caught 29 biggest 4 were 25 to 26.5 many again 20 to 24. Boat next to us had a double 27 and a 29. water clarity 25 to 30 inches temp 44.5 now is finally the time.

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Sportland_Bait

CA, we caught some fish out of wheelers point but they were smaller. Our best fishing for numbers and size was close to Vidas, I would recommend fishing within 2-3 miles east or west of Vidas landing.

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bmc

Slow for us today from Vidas to a couple miles east of there.

We boated a dozen in the 19-22" range. Didn't see a lot of fish caught.

Half on 1/4 oz jigs and Berkley Ripple Shads and half on 3 way rigs w/ bright colored Husky Jerks.

Hoping for a return trip for sturgeon next week.

Brian

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    • Rick
      Hunters looking forward to higher deer numbers this season Hunters will have additional opportunities to harvest deer this season thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota.  Firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, and there are 130 permit areas in 2017. Information about each permit area can be found on the DNR’s interactive deer map at mndnr.gov/deermap, and includes wildlife manager reports, regulations, and statistics about deer harvest and populations on a local scale. Northwest deer report
      John Williams, northwest region wildlife manager More deer on the landscape in the northwest region should help hunters better enjoy the season and have good prospects for a successful hunt. Another mild winter on top of the previous two mild winters has largely enabled deer populations to be at or near goal levels in most permit areas. Fawn production was also good this year; another indication of does coming through the winter in good health. Recent rains have filled basins that were previously dry due to drought-like conditions in late summer, and water levels are up on many of the marshes and lakes in the region. Hunters should be prepared to deal with wetter than average conditions if they are hunting in or need to cross lowland areas. In general, hunters will be able to harvest more deer. In several permit areas the designations changed to allow more overall harvest. Some permit areas moved from a designation of lottery, which requires hunters to apply in advance to shoot an antlerless deer, to a hunters choice designation that allows a hunter to use one license to shoot either a buck or antlerless deer. Other permit areas changed designations from hunters choice to managed. In permit areas designated as managed, hunters can harvest two deer through use of a regular license and a bonus antlerless permit. Permit areas that did stay in the lottery designation this year may have more permits available than in previous years. Northeast deer report
      Dave Olfelt, northeast region wildlife manager Three consecutive, relatively mild winters have contributed to good fawn production and high numbers of twin births. Snow depth was moderate throughout much of the region and a relatively early green-up of forage has supported deer that appear to be in excellent physical condition. Where good habitat exists, deer populations are approaching or are at established population goals. While deer are not evenly distributed within permit areas because of habitat differences and varying levels of hunting pressure, harvest regulations have relaxed in many northern Minnesota permit areas to allow more deer harvest. Duluth, several Iron Range cities and some state parks continue to hold special hunts to reduce deer numbers. Rain and wet conditions have persisted throughout much of the fall season. Hunters may find water in areas that are typically dry this time of year and forest road access may be difficult or impassable in some locations. Hunters in far northeastern Minnesota’s primary moose range should review the new deer permit area maps for boundary and numbering changes. Central deer report
      Jami Markle, assistant central region wildlife manager “Deer are everywhere” is a common refrain across the central region this fall. Deer populations seem to have bounced back from a decline following the severe winter of 2013-2014. In fact, many deer permit areas in the region have met or are above population goals, meaning more permits will be available this fall. With rebounding deer populations and ample hunter opportunities, wildlife managers are anticipating a strong harvest in 2017. Deer look healthy as they shed their reddish summer coats for the more muted gray-brown tones that will carry them through the winter. Summer habitat conditions were ideal with an excellent growing season and plentiful native forage and cover. Does with twin fawns seem to be the norm rather than the exception this year. Wildlife managers and landowners have noted an abundant acorn crop in the central and southeast portion of the region this fall which will keep deer feeding and browsing in the oak woods. Wet conditions in late September and early October have postponed agricultural harvest so hunters may see standing crops well into the firearms season. Fall leaf drop is reported to be later than normal in the southern part of the state, but by early November sightlines should be opened up and the forest floor will have a new layer of fallen leaves. Buck scrapes and rubs are starting to appear and hunters can expect to see deer movement and patterns change as the rut approaches. Many permit areas in the central region are designated as managed this year, allowing harvest of two deer through the use of a regular license and a bonus antlerless permit. Five permit areas are designated as intensive, which allows for harvest of three deer using additional bonus permits. There are additional harvest opportunities in the 601 metro deer management area and the 603 chronic wasting disease management zone, both of which offer harvest of an unlimited number of antlerless deer. Southwest deer report 
      David Trauba, southwest region wildlife manager Two consecutive mild winters coupled with past conservative harvest strategies have allowed deer numbers to increase throughout southwestern Minnesota. In addition, wildlife managers reported good fawn production. As a result, more antlerless permits were provided for this fall’s hunting season. However, permits numbers continue to be low in select permit areas, mostly in extreme southwest, due to the loss of Conservation Reserve Program acres. Managers in these permit areas are having a difficult time increasing deer numbers due to limited habitat availability. Conversely, hunters need to be aware that permit areas 281 and 290 moved to a hunters choice designation for the first time due to an abundance of deer along the Minnesota River corridor. Two wild cards for hunters will be the amount of standing crops and river flooding. Historically the amount of standing crops drives opening weekend hunter harvest along with weather conditions. Large rainfall amounts in mid-October have resulted in flooded fields and river flooding. Crop harvest is behind schedule but this can change very quickly so it is too early to predict what amount of crops will be in the field, if any, before opening day. However, hunters should prepare for high water in select river corridors; the high water can influence deer use of these habitats. Many deer have been forced out of the river valleys into the surrounding uplands. As always, hunters need to scout and adapt to conditions. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • muskie-mike
      Caught an 18 inch walleye on a crank bait and a 48" muskie grabbed it..Got it up to the boat a few times but rolled and cut my line,the walleye was dead and I had it for supper...got 2 muskies on walleyes,1 on sunfish and 1 on a crappie..